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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 26, 2011 3:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Brian Stoltz remembers playing with the Grateful Dead

Watching the video from the 7/10/89 show at Giants Stadium -- which is a really fun video by the way -- and got to wondering about the guy trading licks with Jerry during Iko. They were joined by "members of the Nevilles" according to the set lists, but this guy was a white dude with a weird mullet and glasses. He looks a little like former Ohio congressman Jim Traficant. He's clearly not a "Neville." So who the hell is this lucky son of a bitch who gets to share the stage with Jerry for Morning Dew among other songs?

Not being a big Nevilles guy, I googled "Nevilles 1989" and checked the line-up for their current album. A couple of Google searches later and I came up with this interview.

Kane: Tell us about some of your most memorable gigs with the Neville Brothers? Funky Meters? PBS?

STOLTZ: Some of my fondest memories are the Neville Brothers shows with the Grateful Dead. For a few years in the mid to late ’80’s we did the New Years shows and sometime the Mardi Gras shows with them at Henry J. Kaiser or Oakland Coliseum. They would come back for the second set, do the space thing and drum solo, then call us up. We would usually finish the set with them. I remember in particular a night when we played "Knockin’ On Heavens Door". The background vocals were Jerry, Bobby, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Art Neville and myself. I felt like I’d died and went to heaven.

Another great time we had with them was in New Orleans in 1989. The Dead came to New Orleans to play UNO Assembly Center. The Neville Brothers rented a fish camp out on Lake Pontchatrain and threw a big crab boil. We had crabs, shrimp, crawfish…a real throwdown! I remember Jerry and Bobby came and some of the crew and entourage. I’m sure some of other guys were there, I just don’t remember exactly. The party was also memorable for me because it was there that record producer Daniel Lanois asked me to play on the upcoming Bob Dylan album which became Oh Mercy.

On the day Jerry died a TV news crew showed up at my house for me to say a few words about him. They asked me if I had any music jammin’ with Jerry that they could play in the background as we talked. I dug around and found an old cassette tape just marked Dead / Nevilles, with a date on it. I put it on and playing was that version of "Knockin" On Heavens Door". It was a moment frozen in time with much emotion, being the perfect song for the occasion, but so sad for everyone in the room.

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Apr 27, 2011 12:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brian Stoltz remembers playing with the Grateful Dead

When I worked with Brian a few years ago, we talked about him playing with the GD. I made him discs of all the shows where he sat in. He played with them at some Oakland shows too.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 27, 2011 11:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brian Stoltz remembers playing with the Grateful Dead

The Nevilles (dunno about Stoltz) played on NYE '87, but I think were completely left off of Ticket to New Years, or almost completely. I distinctly remember a lot of stuff from the PPV broadcast that's not on that -- both interviews and music. The Neville stuff was fun. Wish the DVD was really the whole broadcast.

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Apr 28, 2011 3:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brian Stoltz remembers playing with the Grateful Dead

After that one, my only NY show, I remember going to New George's in San Rafael 1/1/88, I believe & caught the Neville's show. Had a table up against the stage. Best part was when Santana appeared for the last ~(maybe) half of the show. He was wearing a Powder Blue Leather jumpsuit (?!) that looked so hot (caliente, not 'picante,' if you will).

But I liked Brian best playing the the Boyz in the 12.16.86 show (drumz>Iko, etc. I think, without checking). A second Iko in as many shows! Had an embarassingly drunken Cajun dinner with Weir & Barlow at Rick B's house before that show, seems like. FOR THE RECORD - My friends still tease me about Weir telling me that I was too drunk or shut-the-..up, or something to that effect.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 28, 2011 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brian Stoltz remembers playing with the Grateful Dead

I'm impressed. You got yelled at by Weir. Tell us the whole story! (If you can remember, ahem, under the circumstances.) Gee, you're like my uncle, whose great WWII story was about getting personally yelled at by Patton :-)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 26, 2011 5:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brian Stoltz remembers playing with the Grateful Dead

Thanks for posting. I saw a bunch of the Nevilles/GD shows. Jerry always seemed to enjoy playing with Stolz.

Dr. John with the Original Meters and Allen Touissant at Bonnaroo would be a blast...Desitively Bonnaroo!

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Apr 27, 2011 10:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brian Stoltz remembers playing with the Grateful Dead

Found a clip of Iko from 7/10/89..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oaUBKWx3BY

Knockin on Heaven's Door has never been one of my favorite covers, but the version that Stoltz refers to is actually pretty nice..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnRjWi2wh38

This post was modified by snow_and_rain on 2011-04-27 17:16:38

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 27, 2011 3:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brian Stoltz remembers playing with the Grateful Dead

I agree on both counts. What makes that version special is it came out of space as well.

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